Remember this look? No? Well just one more time, here it is:
I decided to try it on a few differently-priced shadows. I'm using Joe Fresh shadow in Faded Violet, Revlon Matte eyeshadow in Venetian Blue, the green side from NARS Rated R and a random pink from the BH 120 Palette, first edition.
|Top: Swatched dry|
Bottom: Swatched with DuWop Payoff
|Middle: Swatched with Duwop Payoff|
Bottom: Swatched with water
|L-R: Dry, Duwop Payoff, Water|
I don't know why my camera is suddenly performing so extraordinarily, but all the colours look rather vibrant in the photos. Still, I hope you can see a minor difference between each row.
I found that it didn't make much of a difference for the NARS shadow -- the pigmentation and colour stayed more or less the same between all three swatches. It made a huge difference for the BH 120 Palette and the Revlon Matte shadow though; both colours got way brighter and more opaque. Joe Fresh's Faded Violet was rather opaque to begin with, but mixing it with Duwop Payoff or water made it much creamier. I also found that the water made it more pink-based, but you can't tell in the photos.
In a pinch, you could substitute water -- especially if you use a high end shadow. There is, though, a certain kick of pigmentation that water can't give you. For $10? I'm really glad I got it. For $17? Maybe. But I'd probably just get a better shadow.
Quick tip: when you wet your shadow, wet it at the edge of the pan so it won't crack as easily after it dries.